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Paralyzing Fear: The Story Of Polio In America
     

A Paralyzing Fear: The Story Of Polio In America

Director: Nina Gilden Seavey, Olympia Dukakis

Cast: Nina Gilden Seavey, Olympia Dukakis

 
This film goes beyond informing viewers about the physical consequences of polio. Noted actress Olympia Dukakis narrates in between interviews with polio survivors, their relatives, and physicians all across America. There's also a segment showing a massive inoculation of children in India. Much of the featured footage comes from the March of Dimes' archives. This

Overview

This film goes beyond informing viewers about the physical consequences of polio. Noted actress Olympia Dukakis narrates in between interviews with polio survivors, their relatives, and physicians all across America. There's also a segment showing a massive inoculation of children in India. Much of the featured footage comes from the March of Dimes' archives. This film makes it clear that by refusing to review what happened with polio in the past, the chances increase that we may be unprepared for any future problems.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0720229911382
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
15,800

Special Features

Three minidocs on epidemic disease; Biographies; History of polio timeline; Archival photo gallery

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue [3:13]
2. The Early History of Polio in America - The 1916 Epidemic [5:27]
3. The Mystery of Poliomyelitis [2:49]
4. A Future President Contracts Polio - The Founding of Warm Springs [8:10]
5. FDR Launches the Fight Against Polio and the Founding of the March of Dimes [11:23]
6. The Post-War Period - Polio Epidemics Worsen and the Science of Polio Advances [15:12]
7. Life in the Iron Lung and a Crisis in the Medical Community - The Fear in America Spreads [9:47]
8. The Nation Mobilizes Against a Disease [8:48]
9. The Salk Vaccine - The Field Trials and the Announcement of a Vaccine [15:32]
10. The Long Term Solution - The Sabin Vaccine and the International Fight to Eradicate Polio [4:54]
11. Epilogue [1:46]
12. Credits [2:00]

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